Video: Share links and contacts between Windows Phone and Android with NFC

Windows Phone 8 brings full support for the Near Field Communication technology ( NFC ) and both flagship phones - the Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X - have it. This technology allows small packets of data to be sent across short distances. It makes things like "tap+send" possible where you can send pictures, links, and all sorts of stuff just by taping two phones together. It also makes pairing devices such as a Bluetooth headset really easy.

Microsoft has shown how this makes sharing stuff really easy between two Windows Phone but what's really cool is that the basic standard is the same industry wide. Which means basic functions are cross-platform. As you can see in the video above from WPCentral, this lets users transfer links and contacts between a Windows Phone and an Android phone. Unfortunately, pictures and other data isn't supported cross-platform though they would work just fine between two phones running the same OS.

Still, this is a real cool feature that will bring people together. Unless you're an iOS user as you don't have NFC. Sorry.

Source: WPCentral

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Personally, I think NFC is a great opportunity for Windows Phone to be able to communicate with Android phones in a way that iDevices can't. One question I wish this video answered is, would the transfer of other information like playlists as we've seen can be done from GS3 to GS3 might also be possible from GS3 to WP Devices. While I doubt it, I think it could only be a good thing for WP if it did.

Would be cool to see apps taking advantage of this...or better yet, Google and Microsoft. Would be fun to play with but not sure how far it will go just yet.

Good, I'm glad Microsoft is making their phones and apps play well with others. I love the Windows Phone experience so I'll be sure to grab a Lumia 920 next month.

I think it would be good if M$ and Google developed a standard for sharing these things, it's like geographic DVD restrictions. They don't help anyone and just cause consumer frustration.

Auzeras said,
I think it would be good if M$ and Google developed a standard for sharing these things, it's like geographic DVD restrictions. They don't help anyone and just cause consumer frustration.

What is a "M$"? Is that like a "Goog£€" or an "App£€"?

calimike said,
Interesting!

Windows Phone accounted for about 5.4% of smartphones sold in Q2; Apple's iPhone 17%; Google's Android 68% http://on.mktw.net/Spa4zW


Hey hey now. We don't use those numbers.

It's Windows Phone vs. iPhone vs. HTC vs. Samsung vs. LG vs....

You break it down until iPhone is on top. And if the way you broke it down last time doesn't work anymore, find another way to break it down until iPhone is on top again.

/yaaayyy stats

calimike said,
....

And your point is?

I see Microsoft's standards based approach to smartphone telephony as a mark to their rise in dominance, regardless of historic performance.

deadonthefloor said,

And your point is?

I see Microsoft's standards based approach to smartphone telephony as a mark to their rise in dominance, regardless of historic performance.


It is a case of MS requiring others to follow their standards in the past and now them no doing the same in return.

Phalanger said,

It is a case of MS requiring others to follow their standards in the past and now them no doing the same in return.

Fud, of all those major companies like MS, Apple, Google, Mozilla, Oracle (or Sun rather)... It is Microsoft who is setting the most standards just so they cooperate. Its that these 3rd parties often seem to have a very unhealthy hatred for anything that comes from MS.